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In the late 1990s a group of students in a classroom at San Francisco State University understood their philosophy professor to say, “God has no knees.” Baffled but intrigued, some of the students went out for a few drinks after class and decided to conduct an experiment. They proceeded to stagger through the night stiff-legged, trying to divine what it must feel like to be god. Their conclusion was that by and large it is a lot of fun.
Only later did they realize that what the professor had actually said was, “God has no needs.” While this statement initially appears to make more sense than the idea that god has no knees, upon reflection it is even more confusing. If god has no needs, why would he, she or it require prayer, priests, devotion, obedience, sacrifice, followers or converts?